There's nothing worse than having your mate shove their fancy new camera phone, such as the Nokia N82, in your face when you're not exactly rolling in moolah. But if you're on a budget it doesn't mean you can't find a good mobile snapper. In fact, it's worth keeping an eye on the pay as you go shelves for older handsets that end up there--you can often find a bargain.
Memory chipmaker Micron Technology has launched its image-sensor business as a more independent division called Aptina Imaging, a move the company believes will improve its flexibility and business potential.
The new subsidiary is based in San Jose, Calif., a Silicon Valley location that's a long way from Micron's Boise, Idaho, headquarters. It will employ several hundred of Micron's 19,000 employees, Micron said.
"We need the additional flexibility and identity to be able to grow the way the markets we see are growing," said Shane Thomas, director of product marketing for the imaging business.
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LAS VEGAS--The camera companies keep telling me the megapixel race isn't over, but I'd like to see if you have a different opinion.
I'm one of those people who doesn't believe more megapixels necessarily makes for a better digital camera. Sure, at least theoretically having more megapixels permits larger prints and tighter cropping, but it also can impose penalties such as image noise, lousy low-light performance, smeary noise-reduction artifacts, and other drawbacks. There's a trade-off here.
So it's time to vote now for what you'd benefit from more in a camera: more megapixels … Read more
Got $45,600 burning a hole in your pocket? Try out Seitz Phototechnik's 160-megapixel 6x17 Digital camera. And save a bit more of your allowance for a lens, too.
The mammoth device is able to take an image measuring 60x170mm, a big notch up from high-end SLRs with a 24x36mm frame. It's got huge handgrips on either side that cry out to be grasped, but it's 18 inches wide and weighs 10 pounds, so it looks either like a great workout or tripod material to me.
It can be purchased with a tablet PC to operate it, … Read more
You know the drill. Patents get dug up first with rumors and blurry product shots trailing behind. And before long the manufacturer bares it all with an official announcement.
One of the more recent applications discovered by Unwired View reveals a Nokia N-series slider with an 8-megapixel camera that resembles the N93. The difference is it's not just an incomprehensible schematic drawing that no one understands, but actual mockups of the handset. Perhaps this time, the future may come earlier than expected.
(Source: Crave Asia)